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Halo Wars Cheats and Tips

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We have several cheats for this game and includes getting Skulls, unlocking bonus gamerpics and having two protectors on a vehicle. We'll also tell you the locations of the black boxes.

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We have 16 cheats and tips on Xbox 360. If you have any cheats or tips for Halo Wars please send them in here. You can also ask your question on our Halo Wars Questions & Answers page.

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Multiplayer Ranks

When you score the indicated number of points you will be rewarded with the corresponding rank.


Play one game Online.


Score 80,000 points.


Score 200,000 points.


Score 400,000 points.


Score 800,000 points.


Score 1,600,000 points.


Score 2,400,000 points.


Score 3,200,000 points.


On each mission complete the task and then search the indicated location to find the corresponding skull. When you have the skull you will be able to activate it's special effect at the 'Pause' men. Collecting the skulls is also a requirement for the 'Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas' and 'Graverobber' achievements.

Mission 1 Skull - Alpha Base:

Kill 100 Grunts. The skull appears east of the entrance to Alpha Base.

Mission 2 Skull - Relic Approach (Look Daddy!):

Kill 20 Jackals. The skull appears at the bottom of your base.

Mission 3 Skull - Relic Interior (Grunt Birthday Party):

Kill 45 Hunters. The skull appears where you rescue Anders and the Marines.

Mission 4 Skull - Arcadia City (Wuv Woo):

Kill 50 Elites. The skull appears ..

Black Boxes

Search the following locations to find the corresponding hidden Black Box to unlock new Halo History entries which are needed to get the 100% achievement. Black Boxes can also be unlocked by winning different Skirmish matches with each leader.

Black Box 01 - Alpha Base:

Under the last bridge before entering Alpha Base.

Black Box 02 - Relic:

Approach top left of the map, behind a Covenant shield.

Black Box 03 -Relic Interior:

On the small ramp on the left side right at the start, before going inside the Relic.

Black Box 04 - Arcadia City:

Just north of the starting point, right next to the skyscraper where you can save Adam.

Black Box 05 - Arcadia Outskirts:

Go down the first ramp as you are fleeing from t..

Unlock Bonus Gamerpics

When you complete the following tasks the corresponding bonus Gamerpic will become available.

Unlock Sergeant Forge Gamerpic:

Start Halo Wars.

Unlock Professor Anders Gamerpic:

Complete Campaign mode.

Gold Rank Requirements

When you earn the following amount of points within the indicated time limit you will receive a 'Gold' rank in the corresponding mission.

Mission 1 - (Alpha Base):

Over 27,000 points within 5 to 12 minutes.

Mission 2 - (Relic Approach):

Over 70,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.

Mission 3 - (Relic Interior):

Over 45,000 points within 8 to 18 minutes.

Mission 4 - (Arcadia City):

Over 50,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.

Mission 5 - (Arcadia Outskirts):

Over 40,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.

Mission 6 - (Dome of Light):

Over 45,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.

Mission 7 - (Scarab):

Over 32,000 points within 12 to 24 minutes.

Mission 8 - (Anders' Signa..

Two Protectors on a Vehicle

If you want two protectors on a vehicle get a Spartan and a vehicle and place a protector on each. Then have the Spartan take over the vehicle and you will now have two protectors for your Spartan/vehicle.

Easy Campaign Completetion For Legendary

The acheivement tells you to just beat campaign on Legendary. Its best to go through and collect all the skulls on a lower difficulty then go back through on Legendary with the skulls on that power up your allies and weaken enemies. Since the acheivement says to just beat the game, you can use skulls.

Achievement: Own Worst Enemy

Use the following skulls at the beginning of a mission and complete it:



Rebel Sympathizer

Rebel Supporter

Rebel Leader

Achievement: Epic Grinder

"Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000"

First get gold on all missions of one difficulty, you will have 591,000 score. Then move onto a new difficulty and by the time you complete it you will have this achievement.

Achievement: Epic Empire

"Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode"

First do a skirmish game in Standard mode and then do another on Deathmatch.

Achievement: 24 Hours of Quality

"Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours"

Simply leave the game running in-game for 24 hours or play naturally for 24 hours.


Achievement is difficult but do able. You have to complete the optional objectives on the mission. Then a green circle will flash over an area on the map. Send units ( particularly air units) to collect the skull. Note: any units can pick up the skull but there are skulls that cannot be collected by ground units.


Achievement is really difficult. So I recommend finding the enemy ai or players last units then use a leader power to destroy them. Professor anders leader power not recommend for this achievement. Note: dosent have to be the last surviving units in game.

Achievement: Detour the Great Journey

You must beat all 15 campaign missions on legendary difficulty.

Using tactics, such as retreating to regroup can be very helpful.

You will also unlock "Arbitrating the Arbitrator".

Achievement: My Virtual Friends Love Me

"Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies"

Create a 3v3 game, set it to easy, and then win.

Secret achevments

All secret achevments can be gained by playing campane mode and completing the acts 1,2,3,4 and 5

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